Ten local businesses will vie for a $50,000 grant this month with the return of the Comerica Hatch Detroit contest. 

Presented by Bedrock, the annual competition chooses 10 semifinalists that are working toward opening brick-and-mortar businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park. 

Votes from the public will narrow the 10 down to four finalists, who will be announced Aug. 17. The final four present a pitch to judges on Aug. 30 and a winner will be granted not only the $50,000, but access to around $200,000 worth of professional services and support. 

This year’s semi-finalists are:

Barter, a sustainable arts venue and cocktail bar aiming to open on Jos Campau in Hamtramck. 

The Kitchen by Cooking with Que, demonstration kitchen and collaborative space.

Mature, a men’s clothing retailer.

Neighborhood Grocery, a fresh-food store with a small footprint selling a full line of groceries in Detroit.

Paradise Natural Foods, a vegan deli.

SkinBar VII, which is aiming to be Detroit’s premiere facial spa.

Slyde, a neighborhood restaurant with sliders, salads, soups and po’ boys.

Toma Detroit, Latin American restaurant and bar with a focus on tequila and mescal.

The Upperow, luxury fashion house brand with clothing for men, women and children.

Warda Pâtisserie, hand-crafted pastries and bread inspired by the seasons. 

Interested members of the public can vote for up to four contestants three times per day at, or at Hatch Detroit’s Facebook page, or in person at various contest-related events around town. 

Seventy businesses have competed in Hatch Detroit throughout the years, and nearly half are up and running, including winners Meta Physica Wellness Center, Sister Pie and batch Brewing Company and finalists Rebel Nell, Busted! Bra Shop, Detroit Vegan Soul, the Lip Bar and more. Last year's winner was East African restaurant and market Baobab Fare, which is expected to open soon. 

“We’re proud that the contest has helped so many entrepreneurs realize their dream of owning a business and are eager to see what the next class of alumni can accomplish. Small businesses are vital to a unique, diverse and successful city,” said Monica L. Martinez, senior vice president, External Affairs at Comerica Bank in a press release. 

The next in-person voting opportunity for the 2018 contest is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at 2014 Hatch Detroit winner Sister Pie, 8066 Kercheval, Detroit.

Twitter: @melodybaetens

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